Warm Cardigan, A Hot Cocktail

Hot drinks seem to have a medicinal value. When winter rolls around, I consider these warm libations to be the original nighttime sniffling sneezing coughing aching stuffy head fever so you can rest medicine. This cocktail is from my book Savory Cocktails (Ulysses Press 2013).


Warm Cardigan, A Hot Cocktail 

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Make the clove infused honey by gently warming ΒΌ cup honey with 1 tablespoon whole cloves. Let infuse about 1 hour then strain before use. This will make more than you need for one cocktail. Save the extra covered in a cool, dark place.


  • 4 ounce strong, hot chamomile tea
  • 2 ounce bols genever
  • 2 cardamon pods
  • 1 barspoon clove infused honey (see note)
  • 1 thin sliced lemon wheel


Stir the tea and genever together in a heat proof mug or glass. Pinch the cardamom pods to slightly crush them and drop them into the hot drink; stir in the honey. Garnish with lemon. Let the flavors come together about 3 minutes. Serve warm.